Ellie Hewitt, - on 30/7/12
As Pulse.086 comes from vinyl afficianado, Anthea, Ellie Hewitt speaks to the Berlin resident about the recent rise of techno girl power, running Broquade and her three favorite tracks of all time, ahead of the Distraction EP forthcoming on One Records.
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You were UK born and raised, what do you find Berlin has that London doesn’t? Do you ever see yourself coming back here to live? Very very large affordable accomodation! [Laughs] Not sure about coming back to London to live since I only just left, but I'm back in London at the very least once a month so not missing it terribly yet.
This weekend you’re playing at Half Baked in London, is there anything you miss about London parties/nightlife? Yeah, people speaking english!
What are your thoughts on the GEMA laws in Germany, do you think it will massively impact night life? Seems like it will unfortunately, the clubs will struggle for sure, I know Panorama say they will have to close, and if they are closing how many more?
During your time at working at Phonica what important things did you learn? What are your other favourite record shops (in London and Berlin).Well before Phonica records, I worked at Flying Records and Blackmarket Records, both doing a wide selection of House Music, I guess when I went to Phonica I learnt alot about electronic music. In Berlin i've shopped a various small record shops, and pop in regularly to Hardwax...
Do you think there’s been a surge in girl power in house music in more recent times (Heidi, Magda, tini etc.) ? Well girls have always been around, but I guess the surge has been in underground female djs, ones with taste (well in my opinion)!
You work a lot with Alex Celler, how does your collaboration process work? Is it rare to find other producers you click with? When we first began we used to just jam at his studio and take it from there, these days we work out things seperately and come together and finish them...
You’re A&R of the record label Broquade. A&R is regarded as one of the hardest jobs to get into in the industry, what advice would you give to young guns who are headed in that direction? Hmmmmm, I guess I would say to not be afraid to take chances, go with your gut. And also have maybe 1 or 2 people that share your vision of music and always get a little feedback.
You’ve released on labels Desolat, All Inn, One Records, Air London and now call Broquade records home, how important would you say having a solid relationship with one label is? Yes i think its important to have a home label or one that you are loyal to, I guess if you release on too many, which maybe i have! People may find it hard to understand where you are coming from as an artist.
What are your top three tracks of all time? Is there any sentiment behind them? All time? Hmmm too much music, but 3 on my mind right now...
Erykah Badu - I want you
Norma Jean Bell - Dreams
Chic - I want your love
Any sentiment? they speak for themselves! [Laughs]
What musical trends do you predict in the near future? Really couldnt say I'm never following the trends, I always seem to be out of step on them!
Tell us about the exclusive mix you’ve done for Pulse. Well i wanted to create a particular deep and atmospheric mood with this mix, I've used my own productions, and music from friends, and done live edits to try and create an even groove throughout. Even though i knew the mix was for Radio, I still wanted the listener to feel as if he/she were on my dancefloor!
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